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Sanford Forms Pediatric Genomic Consortium

Oct 30, 2016 10:50AM ● By MED Magazine
Six children’s hospitals have signed an agreement to form the Sanford Children’s Genomic Medicine Consortium, a cutting-edge collaboration of children’s hospitals committed to integrated genomic medicine into pediatric care.

“This groundbreaking collaboration...will help set the standard for sharing resources and collaborating in research and education in personalized medicine for children,” says Gene Hoyme, MD, chief of genetics and genomic medicine at Sanford Health and medical director for the new consortium.

The consortium is intended to improve pediatric care through joint research programs and genomic healthcare workforce development. The expectation is that the combined research capabilities of the member hospitals will expedite genetic and genomic discovery through economies of scale and access to a large and racially and ethnically diverse population. 

Founding members include Sanford Children’s; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego; Children’s Hospital Colorado; Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.

The consortium has also established an external scientific advisory board with representation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Sanford Health is providing administrative staffing for the consortium.